Well, when you haven’t done something for a while (like writing a post for this blog) it gets harder to do because you think, well I should have a good excuse, or I should say something brilliant, at least.  I have sort of an excuse and no brilliance to speak of at this time.  When you reach such an impasse, you just have to jump in and do it. Put inertia to work, as it were.

I have been traveling — Payson and I were up North in Northern California, in Mill Valley and Grass Valley, specifically. It’s good to make a trip half way through our stay in the US, and besides, we both had invitations to read/talk at the Shivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, and I had never been there before. The yoga farm was a great setting, an experience of winter that we rarely get at Southern California, and the magnificent sight of bare trees, sort of like their root system made visible; plenty of birds, even deer, and tall white grasses. I loved my two talks there! I got an idea for a book from them, and loved interacting with an audience. Payson showed the several videos he has been working on, Ajanta and Ellora. On our last day there I slipped on a frosty wooden bridge and went for quite a toss, landing on my bad hip, then rolling over and falling thud on my sacrum. I thought I was fine, even did a ton of walking the next day on the 240 acre ranch by the American River, belonging to our friend Libby with whom we were staying at Mill Valley, but ten days later, the body is still in discomfort and finds itself whimpering every once in a while. For the first time in my life I was grateful for some padding on my butt and realized how essential it is not to be bony as you age.

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